Shag Times is a compilation album gathering various JAMS singles as well as a number of alternate versions and remixes.
Record One contains all the A-sides of their singles plus a track from each of their albums, “1987” and “Who Killed The Jams”. Record Two comprises various instrumental mixes which were originally pressed in limited quantities available only to club DJ’s.
These tracks were recorded and mixed before we all leapt into the acid bath.Mick Houghton, Shag Times Press Release
Both the LP’s inner sleeve and the CD’s booklet feature reproductions of various selected press articles about The JAMs which appeared in UK music magazines between March 1987 and April 1988.
A similar compilation (albeit missing most of the tracks from the second disc) later got released as History Of The JAMS by TVT Records in the USA, featuring the artwork from Who Killed The JAMS? instead.
Promotion & Advertising
Since both were released back to back, full-page adverts for both Shag Times and The Manual appeared in the January ’89 issue of The Catalogue.
Tracks & Formats
|2LP Album / 14 Jan 1989|
|A1||All You Need Is Love||5:01|
|A2||Don’t Take Five (Take What You Want)||4:07|
|A3||Whitney Joins The J.A.Ms||7:10|
|B3||Burn The Bastards||6:31|
|B4||The Timelords: Doctorin’ The Tardis||3:26|
|C1||Whitney Joins The J.A.Ms (Remix) [“114 BPM”]||6:38|
|C2||Disco 2000: I Love Disco 2000 [“90 BPM”]||5:30|
|C3||Down Town (Remix) [“118 BPM”]||6:28|
|C4||Burn The Beat (Club Mix) [“125 BPM”]||4:56|
|D1||Prestwich Prophet’s Grin (Instrumental) [“120 BPM”]||4:16|
|D2||The Porpoise Song (Instrumental) [“118 BPM”]||5:14|
|D3||The Timelords: Doctorin’ The Tardis (Minimal) [“120 BPM”]||4:27|
|CD Album / 16 Jan 1989|
|1||All You Need Is Love||5:01|
|2||Don’t Take Five (Take What You Want)||3:59|
|3||Whitney Joins The J.A.Ms||7:06|
|6||Burn The Bastards||6:28|
|7||The Timelords: Doctorin’ The Tardis||3:36|
|8||Whitney Joins The J.A.Ms (Remix) [“114 BPM”]||6:38|
|9||Disco 2000: I Love Disco 2000 [“90 BPM]”||5:28|
|10||Down Town (Remix) [“118 BPM”]||6:29|
|11||Burn The Beat (Club Mix) [“125 BPM”]||4:56|
|12||Prestwich Prophet’s Grin (Instrumental) [“120 BPM”]||4:17|
|13||The Porpoise Song (Instrumental) [“118 BPM”]||5:12|
|14||The Timelords: Doctorin’ The Tardis (Minimal) [“120 BPM”]||4:31|
Some copies of JAMS CD3 suffer from the infamous PDO “bronzing” problem.
On both releases the last seven tracks are not listed by name but (rather inaccurate) BPMs only. Furthermore the second disc has been rumoured to be the unreleased Towards The Trance album listed in some KLF info sheets.